History of the Temple :
People of past had witnessed the wonderful sight of tigers and cows quenching their thirst at the same spot of the river. Cowherds used to drive the cattle to the fields jeer for grazing. The cows fed on the grass found in plenty here. These cows were driven back to the stables at dusk.The cowherds used to extract milk form the udder of each cow and hand over the collected Milk to the owners of the cows. One particular cow did not allow the cowherd to get milk, nor did it allow its calf to go near it.
Around 300 years ago, the dana Nayakkan or Dhandanyakkan forest you all know now its been called as “BANNARI”. This name Bannari for this great historical place origined because of the great temple “Bannari Amman Temple”.
DIVINE MESSAGE OF THE DEITY:
Among the devotees who were there, one got into a trance. As a spokesman of the Deity he began to pass on the divine message to everybody. According to his words, it was understood that the deity safeguarded the traders from Kerala who passed by that way to Mysore to sell their goods carried by cows on their back. The deity was enamoured of the picturesque beauty of that place and she decided to stay on there to bless and protect the pilgrims. Moreover, she wanted a temple to be constructed there so that the people in and around that place would pray to Her in the name of Bannari Mariamman. Thus Bannari became the permanent abode of the goddess.
MIRACLE OF THE GODDESS :
One British officer in charge of forestry did not allow the people to cut tress for kundam festival. All of a sudden, he began to suffer from vomiting and dysentery. He realized his mistake and prayed to the goddess to forgive him. His health was restored by the holy ash and water fetched from the temple. Then he allowed the people to prune trees from the forests for the festival.
Another British officer who was staying in the Traveller’s Bungalow did not like singing, dancing and playing the drums on the festival days. He passed an order to put an end to such activities. The next moment he has an awesome vision in which he saw two maidens with snakes around their necks. He became aware of his mistake and prayed to the goddess to bear with his fault. Then he revoked the orders and allowed the music and dance to go on as usual.
Yet another British officer aimed his gin at the walls of the temple and fired. Consequently he lost his vision. He prayed to the goddess and begged Her for forgiveness. His vision was restored by the holy water which was fetched from the temple and sprinkled on his eyes.
One Sheit from Bangalore halted his motorcycle and enquired about the temple. The people told him that the temple was known as Amman Temple. At once, he, in a funny tine, asked them whether there any ‘AYYAN TEMPLE’ nearby with such a satirical remark he started his vehicle. But it did not move. It stood still. Then he realized that he had incurred the wrath of the Deity by his sacrilegious remark, then he begged her to pardon him for his mistake. He broke up a coconut in from of the temple in atonement for his fault and then only he could start his vehicle.
Once a lonely pilgrim wanted to stay in the temple due to the nightfall. A ferocious tiger appeared before him. It struck fear into him and he prayed to the goddess for safety and survival. By the grace of the goddess, the tiger went away from that place.
Once tents were put up in Bannari in 1954 to train the soldiers. The camp officer used to go to the temple daily to pray to the goddess. One day he found the temple closed in the evening. So, he prayed from the mantapa in front of the temple. To his surprise, he saw a flicker of bright light in the sanctum sanatorium. Next day he told about this miracle to the officers of the temple and hosted a tea-party too!
Once, during the festival day, a necromancer practiced black magic and threatened the devotees by setting a bear and a tiger on them adamantly. By the grace of the goddess the bear was turned into a stone and the tiger was turned into a sand-hill.
Likewise, numerous miracles are performed by the goddess time and again.
Transportation facilities are made available to the devotees on important days. Special buses are piled from Sathyamangalam and Coimbatore on such days as Sunday, Monday, Friday, New Moon day and festival days. Further, boarding and lodging facilities are also available for the pilgrims.